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Lewis and Clark College - Miller 105
615 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, OR 97219
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Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Category: Special Programs


A Commentary on Lacan’s Reading of Plato’s Symposium

in Seminar VIII, Transference

What is love and what part does it play in psychoanalysis? Where are the analyst and the analysand situated in relation to the roles defined as those of the “lover” and the “beloved”? Jacques Lacan explores these and other questions in Seminar VIII, Transference (Cambridge, UK, and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2015), by providing an extensive commentary on Plato's most famous dialogue on love, the Symposium. This talk will outline some of the major points about love that grow out of Lacan's reading of the dialogue and examine their relevance to the analytic setting. Can the analyst be characterized as a sort of modern-day Socrates? 

Learning objectives:
1) to grasp the major thrust of Lacan’s thesis that “love is giving what you don’t have”
2) to grasp Lacan’s interpretation of certain parts of Plato’s “Symposium”
3) to grasp the many facets of what we mean by the word “love”
4) to try to fathom why love involves loving the partner’s “warts” (or flaws or defects)
5) to understand why Freud says it is impossible to “love thy neighbor”

Bruce Fink | Lacanian Psychoanalyst | Author

Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor who trained in France with the psychoanalytic institute Jacques Lacan created shortly before his death, the École de la Cause freudienne in Paris. He has translated several of Lacan’s works into English—including Écrits: The First Complete Edition in English, Seminar XX: Encore, and Seminar VIII, Transference—and is the author of numerous books on Lacan, including The Lacanian Subject, A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Lacan to the Letter, Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Technique, Against Understanding (2 volumes), and most recently Lacan on Love. A board member of the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, he has also penned several mysteries involving a character loosely based on Jacques Lacan: The Psychoanalytic Adventures of Inspector Canal, Death by Analysis, Odor di Murderer/Scent of a Killer, and The Purloined Love.


Fee $150 / $135 members
$75 residents & interns—Please call to register!
Full-time students—Please call for fee and to register! 

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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